THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS (from Mike Nawrocki, co-creator of VeggieTales and voice of Larry the Cucumber) tells the story of Merle and Pearl, two 1st century squirrels from Israel who’ve been preserved in sea salt in a cave alongside the Dead Sea, When 10-year-old Michael discovers them 2000 years later and sneaks them home in his backpack, hijinks ensue after this salty couple reanimate and take their new friend on adventures full of action, humor, music, and character-building lessons.

Mike and his team, including renowned Disney animator Tom Bancroft and legendary producer Steve Taylor, need your help to make this series a reality! Join our mailing list, share on your socials and help us grow our "nutty" brand!

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Production Team

Mike Nawrocki

As co-creator of VeggieTales and the voice of the beloved Larry The Cucumber, Mike Nawrocki has been making entertaining and wholesome content for kids since 1993. He created, wrote and directed most of the extremely popular “Silly Songs with Larry” segments, and lent his screenwriting and directing talents to VeggieTales episodes as well as their movies Jonah and The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. Mike also developed and wrote for 3-2-1 Penguins! and authored a number of VeggieTales Books and CD projects. Mike serves as Assistant Professor of Film and Animation at Lipscomb University and co-hosts the weekly podcast, “The Bible for Kids.”

Tom Bancroft

Tom’s three decades of experience began at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he was an animator on classics like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin. He created Mushu The Dragon for Disney’s Mulan. Tom was also Supervising Director/Co-creator for a VeggieTales DVD series. His popular character design instruction books have become required textbooks at art schools around the world. Tom is the founder and Artist-in-Residence of the burgeoning Animation program at Lipscomb University, where he mentors over one hundred student animators.

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor earned his “Renaissance Man” stripes (Prism Magazine) from a unique body of work as an artist and entrepreneur. As a recording artist he’s sold over one million albums and received two Grammy nominations. His resume as a music producer includes three gold-certified albums for the Newsboys and the platinum-certified Sixpence None The Richer, including their smash hit “Kiss Me.” Steve’s career as a filmmaker includes The Second Chance and Blue Like Jazz. He serves as Director of the School of Theater and Cinematic Arts at Lipscomb University.

Shun Lee

Shun Lee is a filmmaker, actor, writer, and creative consultant in Los Angeles. He earned a Juris Doctorate at the University of Iowa and is the CEO and Creative Principal of Genuine Productions, LLC, a media & entertainment production company with an emphasis on both original and client-based film, new media, publishing, and creative business strategies. He is also the President & Creative Director of The Greenhouse Arts & Media, a nonprofit creative arts organization that has worked with thousands of creative professionals. Shun Lee is also the author of The Saints & The Poets, a book of essays on a number of topics, including the intersection of creativity, the arts, faith, and leadership.

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